Caley draw Tannadice thriller

Dundee United denied Inverness a memorable win as an enthralling

Scottish Premier League clash at Tannadice ended 4-4 on

Saturday.

Captain Jon Daly’s last-minute penalty came after the Tangerines

had raced into a 3-0 lead inside eight minutes – before Billy

McKay’s hat-trick followed by Gary Warren’s 86th-minute header

looked like earning the points for the second-placed visitors.

United went ahead through Josh Meeking’s early own goal before

further strikes from Daly and Rudi Skacel seemed to have them home

and dry, until McKay sparked a comeback which few inside Tannadice

would have predicted.

Peter Houston’s side came out with all guns blazing and they

took the lead in the fifth minute when Barry Douglas whipped over

an inch-perfect cross for Daly, whose effort was going off target

until Meekings turned it into his own net past Inverness keeper

Antonio Reguero.

Daly could not believe his luck as he made it 2-0 a minute

later, following a mix-up in the Inverness defence. John Rankin’s

hopeful ball forward led to Graeme Shinnie panicking under pressure

from Flood. As Shinnie tried to turn and clear his lines, he

succeeded only in hitting it straight at Daly – who knew little

about it as the ball rebounded off him before nestling in the

net.

Skacel then made it 3-0 with his first goal for the home side

since signing in September. This time Stuart Armstrong split the

Caley Thistle defence with a weighted pass for Skacel to race onto.

The Czech star steadied himself before firing his low right-foot

shot across Reguero to make it 3-0.

But McKay started the Inverness revival in the 26th minute with

a close-range header from Richie Foran’s half-volley, with Radoslaw

Cierzniak in the home goal well beaten.

Then, two minutes later, the on-song striker made it 3-2 by

turning home a free header after United had had failed to deal with

Aaron Doran’s corner.

Both sides went for goals after the break and it was the hosts

who came close to restoring a two-goal lead. Daly’s cross from the

right caused panic in the away defence, where Garry Warren almost

turned the ball into his own net only for Reguero to pull off a

fine diving save. Russell fired the rebound into the

side-netting.

But in the 62nd minute McKay levelled for the never-say-die

visitors. Willo Flood fouled Ross Draper as he made his way into

the United penalty area and McKay stepped up to complete his

hat-trick by sending Cierzniak the wrong way from the spot.

The comeback looked complete four minutes from time when

defender Warren headed home in off the post from Shinnie’s

cross.

However, right at the end, Daly’s penalty made it 4-4 after

Foran’s foul on United substitute Milos Lacny.